Both teams started fast, with B’ville keeping pace and only trailing 21-20 after one period. But F-M started to get away in the second quarter, where it outscored the Bees 15-6.
From there, the chase was on, and the Hornets would not get caught.Lauren Getman was determined to make her Senior Night a great one, pouring in 23 points as she dominated in the paint.
Fellow senior Madison Beck was sharp, too, earning 13 points, while D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks stepped up to gain 15 points. Erika Stube had seven points and Erica Assimon contributed six points as Rachael Miller (17 points) and Hope DeFazio (15 points) led B’ville’s efforts.
Just 24 hours later, F-M had a chance at knocking off 13-3 Nottingham, but could not quite pull it off, taking a 59-54 defeat to the Bulldogs.
During a frustrating first half, F-M tried to run with Nottingham, but it backfired as its shots would not go down. But the Hornets’ cause got helped when, late in the second quarter, Bulldogs point guard Aliyah Wade went down with an ankle injury and left the game, not to return.
Trailing 29-19 at halftime, F-M made a bit of headway in the third quarter as the game slowed down and it was able to work inside to Getman, who gained 15 points, and Beck, who finished with 13 points. Assimon chimed in with 12 points as Stube (nine points) nearly reached double figures, too.
F-M kept battling, cutting the margin to 55-52 in the last minute and forced Nottingham’s Shauntesha Bryant, who finished with 20 points, to hit four free throws in the waning seconds to help her side hang on. Necedah James contributed 15 points, while Chayanna Canada had 12 points.